A plain design can often provide more opportunities for creativity than a more decorative version. Really?
For one thing, you don’t have to worry about any included embroidery design(s) competing with the fabric—or clashing with your ideas. With in-the-hoop designs, you're choosing your own fabrics so why not choose the designs and other elements that make your project "you?"
For that reason, I created a collection of basic in-the-hoop bags that max out popular hoop sizes from 130 x 180mm (5x7”) on up to the newest humongous hoops on the latest Brother and Baby Lock models. And there are some sizes in between.
Embroidering on paper is easy if you know a few tricks. Stitching up a greeting card is a great first project and requires minimal supplies and time. Plus embroidering a greeting card is great way to customize a special card for someone.
I love embroidery designs that offer more possibilities for adding my own creative touch, especially appliqués and redwork or "color line" designs. A bonus with these two categories of designs is that they tend to be lower stitch count and therefore result in less distortion to the fabric.
Have you noticed the explosion in "adult" coloring books? Personally, I get the relaxation that comes with a soothing, rhythmic practice like coloring plus there's that sense of creativity without requiring any drawing ability.
Do you love Halloween? Do you love quilting? Then this fun mini-quilt is for you!
After I introduced the Winter Friends Colored and Quilted Wall Hanging two years ago (has it been that long?!), embroiderers have asked for more of these projects to have one up each season. Sounded good to me—I just didn't expect it to take this long!
Before I got into embroidery, I was a multimedia developer using such programs as Flash, Director, and Authorware. When we apply the term multimedia to embroidery, we generally mean "mixed media"—incorporating other techniques or products with machine embroidery.
Use open redwork or running stitch designs to quilt and add a little dimension to your project, throw in some specialty thread, and add additional color with colored pencils!